Mahnomen Man Claims He was Kicked Off Amtrak Train Because He's Black

Mahnomen Man Claims He was Kicked Off Amtrak Train Because He's Black Click to Enlarge

MINNEAPOLIS (KFGO) - A video has surfaced that shows a Mahnomen man being kicked off an Amtrak train, allegedly because he’s black.

KFGO reports that an attorney for Xavier Edison has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, the complaint says Edison was ordered to get off the train, while white passengers were left alone and allowed to sit wherever they wanted.

Edison was traveling from Detroit Lakes. to the Twin Cities on May 29, 2019, when he moved to another seat to get away from a passenger who smelled of alcohol. After an Amtrak conductor told Edison to get off the train, Edison called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to police in Staples. Court documents say Edison was removed from the train by an armed Amtrak police officer.

Amtrak says that it denies Edison complied with Amtrak rules and regulations and also denies that Edison was ejected to make room for white passengers. The complaint says Amtrak is aware that the same conductor was involved in several prior race discrimination complaints, but no disciplinary action was taken.

Edison is suing Amtrak for at least $75,000, plus $225,000 in punitive damages.

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